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Alive@Five Outdoor Concert Brings Stamford Out To Party

Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings out plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A young girl wears headphones to protect her ears at Thursday's concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Opening act Kunjan Collective gets the crowd involved. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Kunjan Collective opens Thursday's Alive@Five concert in Stamford. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Music lovers, families and children lounge on the grounds at Columbus Park, listening to the opening act at Thursday's concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Music lovers, families and children lounge on the grounds at Columbus Park listening to the opening act at Thursday's concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Three young girls pose for a photo on one of the many dinosaurs around Stamford, as part of one of the street art project. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Blue wrist bands are issued as spectators enter the park area. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Mark Vitti with Cleo are part of the Stamford Police Department Canine Unit. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Children enjoy the dinosaurs in the park area. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Beer and wine flows at Thursday's Alive@Five outdoor concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The Jeff Tuohy band is Thursday's second act. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings out plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A girl rides one of the dinosaurs around Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Franti and Spearhead headline Thursday's Alive@Five concert. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Franti thrills the crowd by getting up close and personal during Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Thursday's season debut of the Alive@Five outdoor concert series brings plenty of music lovers to Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Franti thrills the crowd by getting up close and personal during Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Franti and Spearhead wow the crowd at Columbus Park. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
The view from behind the stage. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Michael Franti thrills the crowd by getting up close and personal during Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
A fan gets to sing on stage with Michael Franti. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Rain falls toward the end of Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Rain falls toward the end of Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman
Rain falls toward the end of Thursday night's show. Photo Credit: Skip Pearlman

STAMFORD, Conn. - The Alive@Five summer music series opened for the season Thursday evening Columbus Park in downtown Stamford. 

Spectators trickled in - with lots of families and kids in the mix - starting at 5 p.m. By the time headliner Michael Franti & Spearhead stepped out to perform, at about 7 p.m., there was a packed crowd in front of the stage area.

The opening act was Kunjan Collective - featuring DJ Lion King, and MC JHype. The Jeff Tuohy band came on at about 6 p.m. and had the crowd rocking as the night's second act.

But it was clear by the crowd reaction that they were there to see Michael Franti and Spearhead. Most in attendance sang along with the words of songs, and were delighted when Franti came out into the audience several times while performing. He also invited a few lucky crowd members up on stage to sing with the band.

Restaurants that line both sides of the park offered lots of outdoor seating, plenty of food and drink was available, and beer and wine flowed.

The Alive@Five concert series continues through Aug. 13. For more info, and to see the lineup visit www.stamford-downtown.com.

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